Originally Posted by Victoria-nola
Originally Posted by gander007
Originally Posted by Victoria-nola
Originally Posted by OrganicFarmWife
Lol yeah the smaller dogs are not much of a threat, but dog packs can happen anywhere. Anywhere with several bored dogs and freedom to run. And the dog that attacked my father and his brothers was just a lab. The larger dogs can be more dangerous, but a medium dog can hurt you, especially in a pack.
Stray dog packs are listed as an official predator risk here in Mississippi. It's real.
What are your legal rights as far as protecting your live stock from dog packs in Mississippi ?
Where I live in Death Valley California once the dogs inter my property and yes I have a fence so they need to dig under or find a gape in the gates, anyway once on the property I my use a shotgun or a .22 funny part is absolutely no traps .
All the law says is that any dog chasing or killing any poultry or livestock can be killed by property owner/family/employees/agents, and also that the dog's owner is liable for costs of lost livestock. No info about methods, which doesn't surprise me, but "nuisance wildlife" does have rules about how and when and licensing to kill, and that includes all the usual predators except dogs. Back in northern Calif the law on dogs chasing livestock were the same, but landowners could also kill dogs chasing/harassing wildlife, such as running loose and chasing deer.
It's kind of a morbid subject but one that is real (and I'm a very soft-hearted person). We recently killed a large rat snake that was on its way to our barn/coop. A friend of mine is a reptile specialist and was kind of upset with us at first, but then he told us he'd realized that we were trying to keep our chickens alive, which is not what happens in nature, and that he understood we'd had to do it. My preference is to keep predators away rather than killing. Especially since any time we kill a predator there is another one ready in the wings to take over their territory.
Alright I have to admit that the wild life is just doing what is natural and I have dune my best by putting up a fence all the way around the yard I use for my chickens, guinea, ducks, geese and turkeys and some of them have individual or group six sided cages to protect them from the predators the funny part is that the fox or bobcats and coyotes them are the primary wild animals and the house cats and dogs do more damage as the wild animals only take one bird at a time and come back later and this is the sad part because I have to protect the flock but on the other hand I have people who live around me that go out and pick up a litter of kittens for pets and then let them run free and expect them to feed themselves these become problems as they will wipe out an entire new flock of chicks and the most chicks I have lost was just over 40 that was a lot of my time wasted in hatching them out even if it was accomplished by the momma chickens ..
The worst month I ever had with house cats was two boxes of 12 gauge with 25 shots per box and a single barrel shotgun and I had a large pile of cats as the local small dump said no dumping of a corpse so I dug a hole and later planted a pomegranate bush on top .
The worst day for a dog pack was 3 dogs and one other ran fast enough to get to the other side of the fence and that was a .22 I used there and none of them made me happy and the worst part is when some parents send out their children to find their so called pets ..
Now the State Licensed Trapper from Sacramento had to come by once because I returned a dog that passed away in my yard from lead damage now to make a long drawn out story short I was informed by the State Trapper who is in charge of protecting livestock that I needed to contact the local Deputies and have one of them present when turning over the remains as there are too many lawyers and very few responsible animal owners .
Now I down one wild animal to fifty or more domestic animals .
Oh I do have a local Ferret that got loose several years ago and it just steels eggs and once in a wile a hen looses some rear end feathers .